Health Education

WHAE firmly believes that investing on specific group of women for a longer period of time would enable them understand their strength and opportunities and bring women together for a better action.  To this effect the implementation mechanism used is the establishment of local units-one in each region- with a maximum number of 50 members with the aim of having a multiplication effect. In the beginning of their formation the local units are formally trained on health and other selected issues. Thereafter all members meet every month over a traditional coffee ceremony and discuss about social issues to learn more about health, to better know each other and inculcate a feeling of cohesiveness. These groups of women through the process are expected to carry out community health education and cleaning campaigns. A coffee making set and cleaning materials being two sets of inputs each local unit get at the beginning of the formation. The monthly meeting continues over years and at the end of their second year a business plan is prepared and seed money is granted as a revolving fund. This revolving fund will be paid back to WHAE for establishing more local units. The businesses are run by the women and are expected to graduate at the end of the fifth year of their establishment.